Roasted Masala: Indian Cuisine on The Upper West Side
As a food blogger it's essential to have a broad palette for food and I was reminded of that when I received an invite to the newest higher-end Indian restaurant on The Upper West Side. I have had Indian food once in my life, and I will say it was a less than favorable experience. Embarking on this journey to give Indian food another try I decided to bring someone who knows how to navigate these waters well which is my foodie friend, Allison.
Roasted Masala is at the corner of 105th and Columbus Ave and conveniently located near the 103rd stop on the B & C line. You can expect to be greeted by a pleasant and helpful staff that regardless of your experience with Indian cuisine they will guide you through their robust menu. This open space has yellow as their accent color, elaborate chandlers, white tablecloths, and gold columns. Although they have only been open for several months, this family-owned business already has regulars in the community. With years of experience in the hospitality industry, I am sure this restaurant will be catching the eyes of major food media publications in New York City in no time.
As I mentioned previously, I have had Indian food one time prior to dining at Roasted Masala. While in enjoying my dining experience after each dish and bite, I thought to myself how complex Indian food is and I don't mean that in a bad way. I thought about how much time it takes to make each dish and the server telling my how many spices, herbs, or sauces were used to create each masterpiece (and from scratch might I add). My appreciation for this food grew just like my stomach after each entree or appetizer. Indian food is meant to be shared, and Roasted Masala menu provides plenty of options. Your entire table will have options regardless if there is a vegetarian, vegan, or someone who doesn't like spicy. Check out the photos below to see some favorites.
My dining experience was comped, but this review showcases my own opinions.